Ritch wrote: If the guy was surprised at being abused by you for stopping at the top to take a picture, then yes, it probably is you. Yes, the rules are there for reason, but abusing an old bloke is poor form. If he's not a regular rider then you've probably done a disservice to the goal of encouraging people to cycle.
You can imagine the conversation that he would have had with his family and friends about the incident... no one seemed to mind me taking a pic, except for this one bloke... Well done.
1. I don't consider that abuse.
2. His age is barely relevant other than that it was (about 55) sufficient for him to fit into the "should have known better" bracket, or the "how about setting an example to younger riders" bracket.
3. You weren't there. You didn't see the group of riders that I had just passed, moving out into the second lane to pass him, or his bike propped on a sidestand a good metre and a half away from the already encroaching construction barriers at that point of the bridge. This fool wasn't exactly pressed up againt the side barriers. He may
have been trying to take a photo looking back down toward the CBD based on where he was standing and where he was looking. Perhaps you're right though, perhaps I should have stopped and dismounted, and then maybe stopped all the vehicle traffic going over the bridge too, to see if that would improve the quality of his picture. It may have been an award winning shot after all.
4. I encourage as many people to cycle as the next man thanks. Where I differ (obviously from you) is that I generally encourage all riders to follow the road rules and any 'special event' conditions applying to whatever it is they might be riding in at the time.